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Dr. Mark Long

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Director of the Integrative Studies Program
Parker Hall 206 • M/S 1402

Degrees/Credentials: BA, cum laude, English Literature, Ithaca College; MA English Literature, University of Washington; PhD English Literature, University of Washington

Professional Interests: Expertise in American literature, poetry and poetics, environmental writing, and the teaching of writing. Affiliate faculty, Environmental Studies Program, Keene State College; core faculty, American Studies Program, with research and teaching expertise in the environmental humanities. Co-founder and co-director of the Calderwood Institute for the Teaching of Writing, a program for faculty seeking to use writing effectively in the disciplines

Professional Background: Faculty member, Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English, University of Southeast Alaska-Southeast, Summer 2006; Designer and co-editor of Web log “Staying Alive” and facilitator of faculty workshops (with John Tallmadge) for academic professionals

Awards & Accolades: Keene State College Award for Distinction in Research and Scholarship (2009); Sabbatical in Pune, India (2007–08); National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Enduring Questions Grant, 2009–11

Key Professional Work:

  • “Centers and Peripheries: Guest Editor’s Introduction,” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, special issue on the Small College Department, ed. Mark C. Long (2010)

  • Teaching North American Environmental Literature, eds. Laird Christensen, Mark C. Long, Fred Waage (2008)

  • “Shifting Ground: The Emergence of the Bioregion and the Watershed in the Teaching of North American Environmental Literature,” Indian Journal of Ecocriticism (2008)

  • Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy, special issue on Ecocriticism and the Practice of Reading, ed. Mark C. Long, (2005)

  • Editorial Advisory Board, IJE: Indian Journal of Ecocriticism, 2008–present

  • Associate Editor, Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, 2004–present

Personal: A once professional skateboarder, nationally-ranked nordic skier and mountaineering guide now a father of two children, happily married to Rebecca E. Todd, University Counsel, Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Dr. Mark C. Long joined the faculty at Keene State College in the fall of 1998. He is professor of English and Director of the Integrative Studies Program.

Mark received his B.A. with honors from Ithaca College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington, where he taught for two years after completing his doctorate. He served as chair of the department of English from 2003-2007 and has served a Coordinator of the American Studies Program and Coordinator of the Thinking and Writing Program. Mark's teaching responsibilities include American literature, with an emphasis in poetry and poetics; American studies, with a special interest in literature and the environment; and expository writing, with a focus on the teaching of first-year writers. He has also taught in Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English and, for ten summers, co-facilitated The Calderwood Institute on the Teaching of Writing.

Mark's most recent publications include a forthcoming collection of essays, Teaching the Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson (MLA 2016), and Teaching North American Environmental Literature, published in the Modern Language Association's Options for Teaching Series. Mark also writes about the profession of English studies, with a continuing concern for making visible faculty work in the small college department. And since 2004, Dr. Long has served as an associate editor for the journal Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. Since joining the department of English in 1998, Dr. Long has delivered over one hundred presentations-from international and national conferences to book discussions at public libraries throughout the state of New Hampshire. For more information about Dr. Long and his professional activities visit his web professional web page at

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